2021 Local Government Elections

The NSW Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.

Local Government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information about these elections, please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Information for Residents and Voters


Voting is compulsory for all residents of the Forbes local government area who are registered on the electoral roll. Electors enrolled for federal and state elections are automatically enrolled for their local council area. There is no absentee voting in local government elections. If you are unable to vote on election day you can vote by either pre-poll or postal.

Electoral Roll

The Electoral Roll is prepared and maintained by the Australian Electoral Commission. New residents should complete the electoral enrolment form and forward it to the Electoral Office. Enrolment forms can be obtained from any Australia Post Office.

Check your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Non-Residential Roll

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if you are:

  •  an owner of rateable land in the ward or council area
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area

To apply to be included on the non-residential roll of Forbes Shire Council, please complete the application form which applies to your situation from the list below:

 Postal Vote           

Applications open for Postal Voting will open on Tuesday 27 July 2021.  For more information please call Council on 6850 2305.

Pre-Poll Voting

Pre-poll voting will be available from Monday 23 August 2021 to Friday 3 September 2021 at the Forbes Shire Council Chamber, Harold Street, Forbes.

Pre-poll Voting will be open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (and to 6pm on Friday 3 September 2021).

Polling Venues

The list of polling venues will be finalised by 30 April 2021. The list of venues and open hours will be updated on this webpage

Information for Candidates

Key Dates
Date Milestone
Tuesday 11 May 2021 Candidate briefing session facilitated by LGNSW in Council Chambers. RSVP via eventbrite page or call Council on 6850 2300.
Monday 28 June 2021 Nominations Online Management System available to prospective candidates in late June/early July.
Wednesday 14 July 2021  Candidate briefing session facilitated by LGNSW in Council Chambers. RSVP call Council on 6850 2300.
Monday 26 July 2021 - Lodgement of nominations open.
- 6pm: Close of roll for the purposes of being a candidate, nominator and roll printing.
Wednesday 4 August 2021 - 12 noon: Close of nominations and close of registration of candidates and groups.
- Registration of electoral materials open.
Thursday 5 August 2021 10am: Conduct of ballot paper draw.
Friday 27 August - 5pm: Close of registration of electoral material.
- Close of registration for third-party campaigners.

Office of Local Government Resources

The Office of Local Government has a number of guides for those thinking of becoming Councillors.

1. Become a Councillor

2. Information for Candidates

3.Promoting Diversity in Local Government

4.Women in Local Government

NSW Electoral Commission Resources

The NSW Electoral Commission has comprehensive resources to ensure candidates are aware of the election processes and their legal obligations.
Visit their dedicated Local Government Elections 2021 page for more information and to register for their candidate webinars.